SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Friday, July 16, 2004

MEESE ON SENATE DEMS' OBSTRUCTING ON JUDICIAL NOMINEES.  Be sure to read former Attorney General Edwin Meese's article on National Review Online spotlighting the extreme tactics and blatant hypocracy employed by a Daschle & Leahy-led minority in the Senate. 
Surprisingly enough, the obstructionists' own words contradict themselves.  Here are a couple noteworth remarks Meese documents:
Senator Leahy (D., Vt.): "I have said on the floor, although we are different parties, I have agreed with Gov. George Bush, who has said that in the Senate a nominee ought to get a [floor] vote, up or down, within 60 days." (Congressional Record, Oct. 11, 2000)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.): "We owe it to Americans across the country to give these nominees a vote. If our Republican colleagues don't like them, vote against them. But give them a vote." (Congressional Record, Feb. 3, 1998)
None of this is surprising to those who are all too familiar with the sinister tactics of Senators Leahy and Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Their fillibustering of circuit court of appeals nomineees is uheard of and absurd.  The attacks they've waged in Committee, on the Senate floor and in the press upon those of "deeply held beliefs" (to quote Sen. Charles Schummer) is nothing short of un-American.  As leaders of the identity politics industry, these Senators are consumed by self-righteousness of a most bizarre sort that allows their consciences to justify or dismiss their own discrimination against women, minorities and Catholic adherents to Church's teachings.  The leaked Democratic memo laying out their strategy for blocking those said nominees is just another confirmation of this. 
Also, note Meese's discussion of cloture votes taken in the Senate over the past two years.  The Democratic-led minority in the Senate are true pioneers in obstructionism.  The President has been calling attention to the actions of these Senators once again, and he is certain to continue to do so.  The Senate Democrats' disconnect with the American public persists.  The issue of nominees to the federal judiciary was an imporant issue in the 2002 elections, and the Democrats took a beating for their actions.  But they didn't get the message.  Not to worry, because the American public is ready to send them another.   Be prepared for another Democratic setback this Fall.  Let the Senators Leahy, Kennedy, Schummer and Daschle enjoy their days of obstructionism while they can--because those days won't likely be around too much longer.
(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Thursday, July 15, 2004

BACK IN THE BALLGAME.  Tonight I finally had the chance to watch my first major league baseball game, as I walked over to Safeco after work to watch the Seattle Mariners defeat the Cleveland Indians in a close, 2-1 contest.
Just before I made the trek from near Pike Place & Westlake, through downtown and Pioneer Square to the ballpark, the Mariner website alerted me to the release of solid, veteran and former All-Star John Olerud.  He is a good man and has been a good player of the game for many years, and so its sad to see him go at this point in the season. Nonetheless, I think the management made the right decision.
Fortunately, Edgar Martinez is still around, and I anticipate he will remain for the remainder of the season.  Although its been a pleasure to see and hear about all the milestones he’s achieved this year, its unfortunate that his hitting has been as off as the rest of the team’s.  Yet, I can remember since his early days with Seattle in the late ‘80s, waiting for the team to deal away Jim Pressley and make room for him at third base.  He has been a mainstay of the team, and I have come to appreciate his personality and his playing to such an extent that it would truly bother me to see him leave before the season runs out.
Aside from that, the team is due for an overhaul.  The management apparently banked on last season’s team repeating if not improving their collective performances—but they asked for one year too many from many of the players.  So its time to start anew. 
Tonight’s game sported a lot of young faces in the lineup, and it was the younger ballplayers who came through with the W.  Newcomer Justin Leone hit a two-run blast to left that traveled all of 437 feet.  I look forward to seeing what else he can do over at the hot corner.  Joel Pinero pitched an outstanding game, only giving up a solo homer. 
Omar Vizquel is still playing solid ball after all these years, and even though he left the team before it rose to true competitiveness, its hard not to like the guy.  His average is almost at .300 and he still has control on defense out from shortstop.  I’ll admit that I’ve been so out of it this season when it comes to Major League Baseball, the American League and the Mariners, that if you had told me Omar had retired at the end of last season, I probably would have believed you.  (It's embarrassing to admit that I've been so absent concerning the game I grew up on and which I played for almost a dozen years.)
In any event, the evening was beautiful and it was a great night for a ballgame.  It was low-scoring, but it went by fast and I got to enjoy a Red Hook from the stands.  This was but the first game I've yet seen this season, but there will be plenty more and I have a couple more minor league games in mind--that's what Summer is all about.  God Bless America.
(Everett, WA)

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

SOME THOUHTS ON HANDCUFFS... During my workout at the gym this evening, I noticed a car in the parking lot; a girl was seated in the driver’s side, and some handcuffs hung down from the rearview mirror. Handcuffs? Is this a new trend that I’ve been somehow missing?

That it is peculiar was not reason enough to catch my attention. What had me thinking on this was my recollection of a girl I twice dated last fall: she too had handcuffs hanging from her rearview mirror.

In all honesty, the handcuffs of the girl I dated had me a little freaked out. When I asked her about it, she complained about how a few guys had given her a hard time about or made cat calls to her while she was on the road or in the city. Well, surprise, surprise.

Perhaps if it had been the handcuffs alone, I would have left it at that. After all, she could have deliberately kept the handcuffs in the car while we were driving around together because she really liked me and enjoyed my thinking she was being suggestive. She was a cute girl, mind you, so I could certainly have considered worse fates than her making use of them on me.

I didn’t actually think of any of that at the time. Instead, I thought I had a wild woman on my hands. The handcuffs complimented the numerous bead necklaces she had around the gear shift of her car. Mardi Gras beads. Regardless of the depths of my own human depravity, I figured that this girl was probably a little to crazy for me. For some bizarre reason, she didn’t quite see it that way. Indeed, even though she partied extremely hard, drank way too often, and thought it “cute” that I actually used swear words less than she did, the girl simply couldn’t understand why I would suggest she was a big party girl. Surprise, surprise--again.

So far, this post has thus has really been about nothing. So I’ll try to wrap things up in a “Jerry’s Final Thought” sort of fashion. Chicks with handcuffs on the review mirror are probably Girls Gone Wild material. You’d probably be best advised to stay away—unless, of course, you really like that kind of stuff. But it’s still probably better to have handcuffs than the fuzzy dice.

(Everett, WA)

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

FAREWELL TO JUDGE CHARLES FRENCH--GENTLEMAN AND A GENTLEMEN'S JUDGE. The Snohomish County Herald covers the funeral service for the late Judge Charlie French of the Snohomish County Superior Court. It wheld outside the County Courthouse in Everett. I was unable to attend, but my parents were present for the ceremony.

Judge French was very well-liked and highly respected. He truly was a gentleman. I never had the chance to try a case or come before him as a young attorney, but I will forever be grateful to Judge French for administering the oath to me at my swearing-in for the Washington State Bar Association. It took place on a snowy evening in January, at a wonderful, private ceremony with friends and family present. My father introduced me to Judge French, who then followed with some very kind words of his own. I was honored to have Judge French swear me in. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Monday, July 12, 2004

AMAZING SPIDERMAN AMAZES IN SPIDERMAN 2. This weekend I had a chance to watch Spiderman 2. I found it very entertaining; on par with its predecessor, if not better. Given the hardships inherent in producing a sequel of any kind, I consider Spiderman 2 a big success. Granted, this movie IS based on a comic book, but it clearly succeeds in doing it was meant to do—most movies based upon comic books, by contrast, are absolutely abysmal. In my view, these two Spiderman movies (along with a third installment that appears inevitable) will likely become the best series of movies based upon a comic book…ever.

Dr. Octopus was in interesting character, and the makers of the film wisely refrained from going too over-the-top with him. Doc Oc really would have been much less interesting if he had had an OUTRAGEOUS accent. From my recollection, Mary Jane’s bit seemed much shorter in this film, although I could be mistaken in that. Aunt May and Peter Parker/Spiderman were also very likeable.

Personally, I thought the scenes with Spidey swinging across the night cityscape looked awesome. Props are in order for John Dykstra on that score. (He also has to his credit the special effects from the original Star Wars.)

But the movie would have gone nowhere without its story, which I did like. No spoilers here, in unlikely event that a member of the reading audience may not have seen it. But I will say that it was entirely refreshing to see a hero who acts like a hero. We’ve had far too many movies with anti-heroes, or guys who supposed to be the good guys but who act like bad guys.

This one is definitely a BUY on DVD!

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Coop’s Interesting Spidey-Related Factoid #1: Even though I have a general hatred for spiders, I’ve liked Spiderman ever since I was little.

Coop’s Interesting Spidey Related Factoid #2: After mentioning the movie to my father, he reminded me that when I was 3 or 4 years old that I frequently used to go to sleep in my Spideyman bunny suit.

Coop’s Interesting Spidey-Related Factoid #3: During my time as an editorial artist for the Seattle University Spectator, I submitted a cartoon for the A&E page called “Spiderman Battles Lawndarto”, in which our hero battles an evil villain with a top hat-wearing, handlebar mustache-sporting thrower of dangerous lawn darts! For some STRANGE reason, they never published the cartoon.

Coop’s Interesting Spidey-Related Factoid #4: I actually took a girl on a date to see this movie with me. She was startled during a couple surprising scenes in the movie, grabbing onto my arm. It made me feel like a low-level superhero.

(Everett, WA)
MCKENNA: MAN FOR THE JOB. Last Thursday I attended a dinner in Snohomish County for Rob McKenna, who will be an EXCELLENT Attorney General. He’s a skilled, effective, practical leader and we desperately need him for the job.

McKenna’s got the right approach for the job. He’s there to do it, be professional, and serve the people. It’s not about the glamour when you’re AG, but apparently Christine Gregoire’s self-promotion for her tobacco litigation and self-promotion through the pusing of anti-bullying legislation have inspired Deborah Senn--the likely Democratic nominee to face McKenna this Fall. The last thing this state needs is more Senn scorched-earth policies. We’ve seen what she’s done to the insurance business—why let her loose on the rest of business in Washington State?

And there are more important things for an attorney general to do than go on TV playing up tobacco lawsuits and anti-bullying laws. What’s the big accomplishment? The Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) against the tobacco companies would’ve gone through with our without Gregoire. All states but four were part of the MSA. Nobody--not even William Pryor of Alabama--ultimately wanted to leave their state’s smoking taxpayers holding the bag while the $250 billion settlement amount was split between the trial lawyers and state governments that joined the MSA. And while in the fairness of disclosure I must admit that I never had a bullying problem at school (I was already 5’11”, 190 lbs by my freshman year of high school), school-yard bullying as a top priority for the attorney general? Gregoire has been bullying our pocketbooks quite enough with her mishandling of a case that resulting in a $17 million judgment against the state. Senn is set to follow in Gregoire's fact she’s taking to the next level. Think Gregoire on roids!

There are a lot of good folks working in the State AG’s office. But some of the senior, entrenched folks have got to go. McKenna will let the party continue for the entrenched bureaucratic lawyers that place their policy preferences above sound legal advice. Those guys will find themselves fired or reassigned. McKenna will put an end to the case mismanagement we’ve all read about day after day in the papers. And he’ll also eliminate the anti-business agenda that’s taken hold of the office under Gregoire.

McKenna has the momentum. He’s picked up big endorsements and he’s out front on fundraising. We need this man in Olympia. Desparately.

And McKenna is a thoroughly nice guy, too. In other words, there'll be no more battle-axes in the AG's battle-axes on roids.

(Everett, WA)
CALL ME EVIL NINJA YAMASHITA KAITO! Thanks to Jack over at Moteworthy, I am now of the apparent understanding that my name is very similar to the President's...when translated into Japanese through a "Japanese Name Genrator."

My japanese name is 山下 Yamashita (under the mountain) 海斗 Kaito (big dipper of the ocean).

You can access the Generator here.

As Jack points out, President Bush's Japanese name is Kaito (big dipper of the ocean) Fujiwara (wisteria fields).

(Downtown Seattle, WA)